How to Make Your Home More Resistant to Wildfires

How to Make Your Home More Resistant to Wildfires
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    Wildfires are one of the most terrible things to contemplate for just about any house owner.

    They are particularly prone to occur in hot and dry areas.

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A raging house fire is an ultimate nightmare that can easily consume just about everything you own and if preventive measures are not taken, it can even put your life as well as the lives of your loved ones at risk.

However, it does not have to be this way at all. Not if you can make your home highly resistant to the threat of wildfires. Let us see how you can go about doing that:

Create a defensible space

This means that you should remove all combustible materials that are anywhere close to your area. In other words, there should not be any leaf piles, rubbish dumps, or bushes close by.

It would also be a good idea to remove oaks, pines, and other trees from the vicinity of your home. The purpose is to ensure that there will not be any fuel load to fuel the raging wildfire if it heads near your home.

Make sure that water sources are always easily available close at hand

The Federal (as in federal government-run) Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that you try and plug a garden hose into the closest water line. This way, emergency fire department responders will be able to gain quick access to it.

You should also consider finding and maintaining various water sources such as hydrants, and ponds as well as pools of stagnant water close by.  It would also be a good idea to sure that your driveway is clean and clear for the quick usage of emergency vehicles.

If you have to call the emergency services, you should give clear directions and ensure that your address signs can be clearly seen from the road.

Add various fire-resistant plants to your garden

Many fire-resistant plants can help to curb the spread of a wildfire. As a matter of fact, many such plants including sage and French lavender are also pretty drought-friendly too. That is, they can manage to stay alive long after other plants have withered away, due to a lack of water.

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Many fire departments recommend curating your garden in such a way that it easily becomes a fire-resistant zone. However, it is pertinent to note that just because certain plants (such as Aloe  Vera for instance ) are ‘less likely to catch fire, certainly doesn’t mean they are actually fireproof.

Clear your gutters and roof and remove all flammable household items

You should make it a point to thoroughly clean your roof and gutters. These places are usually full of dry leaves and other types of debris that are extremely flammable. You should also cover your windows and balconies with fine wire mesh to ensure that flying embers don’t float into your house and ignite it. Make sure to cover the crawl space under your home too.

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You should also remove all of the flammable items out there. These include couch cushions as well as brooms, washcloths, and other stuff that is usually stored outside. You should also get your neighbors to join in and do the same for their homes as well. After all, you are all at risk.

Use fire-resistant siding

You should also very carefully consider the kind of siding you have to install. In fact, choosing the right siding that is the most resistant to wildfires is a critical part of your entire fire resistance efforts. Today’s state-of-the-art fire-resisting siding materials can go a long way in shielding your home from the threat of such a fire.

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If you are in any sort of doubt about your fire-resisting efforts, you may seek professional help from siding Kansas city. These people are experts in their field and they will make sure that you have the right kind of siding protection so that you and your home are protected from wildfires.

Conclusion

Wildfires may be some of nature’s most destructive forces, but they are not omnipotent. You can fight them with the help of a bit of advanced preparation and loads of common sense.

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